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AGC and Kinestral Technologies Announce Joint Ventures to Accelerate Global Adoption of Halio™ Smart-Tinting Glass
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Published: December 11, 2017

admin | Company News | 11 December, 2017

    AGC Asahi Glass, the manufacturer of glass, chemicals, and high-tech materials, and Kinestral Technologies, maker of Halio™ smart-tinting glass, on Friday (08 December 2017) announced the creation of three joint venture companies that will sell, distribute, and service Halio to the global market. Formed to accelerate the adoption of Halio, the new ventures – Halio North America, Halio International, and Halio China – will be the exclusive sales and marketing agents for Halio smart-tinting glass in the commercial and residential housing industries. Halio China includes a third partner: G-Tech Optoelectronics Corp. (GTOC), a subsidiary of the Foxconn Technology Group. The three partners have been introducing Halio in their respective markets since the product was first unveiled in January at the BAU Trade Fair for Architecture, Materials and Systems in Munich, Germany. The joint ventures were formed to meet worldwide demand.

     

    (L-R): S.B. Cha, CEO, Kinestral Technologies and Jean-François Heris, Senior Executive Officer of AGC and President, AGC Building and Industrial Glass Company announce three JVs to accelerate global adoption of Halio™ smart-tinting glass. Image © Kinestral Technologies.

    (L-R): S.B. Cha, CEO, Kinestral Technologies and Jean-François Heris, Senior Executive Officer of AGC and President, AGC Building and Industrial Glass Company announce three JVs to accelerate global adoption of Halio™ smart-tinting glass. Image © Kinestral Technologies.

     

     

    “Joining forces with AGC gives us access to a global sales and support infrastructure as well as decades of expertise in the use of glass in façades. GTOC meanwhile bolsters our manufacturing expertise and gives us access to China, one of the fastest-growing markets for smart-tinting glass,” said S.B. Cha, CEO of Kinestral Technologies.

     

    Lobby Exterior Checkerboard. Image © Kinestral Technologies.

    Lobby Exterior Checkerboard. Image © Kinestral Technologies.

     

    Lobby Exterior Stripe final. Image © Kinestral Technologies.

    Lobby Exterior Stripe final. Image © Kinestral Technologies.

    Halio technology enables glass to tint, reducing glare and blocking unwanted solar heat – automatically or on command. Halio looks like ordinary clear glass until it tints, achieving its darkest shade in less than 3 minutes. Halio improves occupant comfort in smart homes and buildings while achieving the highest levels of energy efficiency.

     

    Room Before Tint. Image © Kinestral Technologies.

    Room Before Tint. Image © Kinestral Technologies.

     

    Room After Tint. Image © Kinestral Technologies.

    Room After Tint. Image © Kinestral Technologies.

    “We are convinced that Halio technology is poised to transform the glass industry, natural light is the #1 most desired feature in office designs, but conventional glass requires blinds, shades, awnings or architectural elements that block heat and glare. Halio gives people the best of the outdoors while meeting increasingly stringent energy codes.” said Jean-François Heris, senior executive officer of AGC and president of AGC Building and Industrial Glass Company.

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